The Maryland State Advisory Council on Gifted and Talented Education and the Maryland State Department of Education Gifted and Talented Office hosted a virtual ceremony on February 25, “Celebrating Gifted and Talented Education in Maryland.” The program included a presentation of a Governor’s Proclamation, identifying February as Gifted and Talented Education Month in Maryland.
Schools, businesses, and educators were recognized in a number of categories. Mrs. Kimberly Beers, a Talbot County Gifted and Talented (GT) teacher, was honored as an Outstanding Educator in Gifted and Talented Education – Teacher Leader. Mrs. Beers, who teaches at both Easton Elementary and St. Michaels Elementary and has been providing virtual GT services this year, was nominated for this award by a fellow Gifted and Talented teacher. “Mrs. Beers is a dedicated and creative teacher who has strived to meet the social-emotional needs of her advanced students, as well as providing academic challenges during these unusual times,” said Dr. Sherry Sutton, Supervisor of Gifted and Talented Education (retired). “She has gone out of her way to assist with coverage at all the elementary schools while Talbot County is short a GT teacher. Her enthusiasm and creativity spur the GT team to better serve our students.”
The Maryland State Advisory Council on Gifted and Talented Education encourages the development and consistent implementation of comprehensive, high-quality services with regard to gifted and talented education, in order to assure equity of access for all children throughout the state.